Join this Global Village trip to help the Siguatepeque Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Honduras build simple, decent housing in the Comayagua Valley. Volunteers on this trip will work alongside local families to help the affiliate reach its goal of building 150 houses in a year. The team will be balanced with Spanish-speaking members, those who want to improve their language skulls and non-Spanish-speakers willing to work together with others who can translate.
A child is pictured outside of the shack where he lives with his family in San Isidiro, Honduras.
Honduras is the second-largest Central American nation after Nicaragua. It borders the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua on the north, and borders the Gulf of Fonseca (North Pacific Ocean), between El Salvador and Nicaragua on its south side. The Roman Catholic Church is the officially recognized church in Honduras, with 97 percent of the population identifying themselves as Catholic.
About Habitat for Humanity Honduras
Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Honduras has since built more than 10,000 houses, serving more than 35,000 Hondurans in need of stable housing. The affiliate constructs earthquake-resistant houses made with concrete floors, block walls and corrugated zinc roofs.
A typical Habitat Honduras house has a polished, cement floor, block walls reinforced with steel, corrugated iron roof and doors and shutter windows made of wood. Houses include a kitchen, one to three bedrooms and a bath. Families are offered two house models, one measuring 48 square meters and the other 36 square meters. The first model has been used for almost 14 years, and the second was recently introduced with great success, as it allows Habitat to reach families with even lower incomes.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will help with house improvements, finish/conclusions, repairs, and additions/expansions. At the work site, a technical advisor and a supervisor will guide volunteers through the construction process, explaining the construction system and providing written construction goals each day.
- Day 1: Greeted at airport in Honduras by local affiliate staff; transported to host program; orientation.
- Day 2: Optional church service; additional transportation depending on project location; free day in the community.
- Days 3-7: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner of local Honduran food; time for team activities.
- Day 8 : Travel to departure city depending on affiliate location; free time and closing activities; final team dinner.
- Day 9: Departure day.
Hotels are simple and basic and typically located near the project site. Rooms sleep two to four people and include a private bathroom, although bathrooms are occasionally shared. All facilities are screened by HFH staff to ensure they are safe, clean and well-maintained. Special housing needs (private rooms, air conditioning, first-floor rooms, etc.) can usually be arranged, though may result in additional fees.
At the work site, there will be designated resting zones with drinkable water, as well as portable bathrooms with water and soap for the volunteers to use.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.)
Kathryn Mutz is a biologist/lawyer living in Boulder, Colo. and working at the University of Colorado Law School. She first joined Habitat as an international team member to Kyrgyzstan in 2003 and started leading trips in fall 2005. Kathryn has led six other Global Village trips (Portugal, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Vietnam) and attended her first build in Latin America (Bolivia) in 2010. This will be her first trip to Honduras. For more information, please e-mail Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-499-1092.